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Career Notes, October 2014

Who's moving up?

Rick Welch

Rick Welch


The Marshall Space Flight Center recently presented NASA Distinguished Service Medals to Maj. Gen. Lynn Collyar and Steven Pearson. MSFC also presented NASA Distinguished Public Service Medals to John Gregory, Thomas Hancock and Matthew Ramsey. NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals went to Jack Boaz, Melanie Gregory, Daniel Mitchell, Christopher Popp, Patrick Rogers, Timothy Vaughn, John Vickers, Stacy Counts, Paul Gilbert, Ela Washington and William Hicks. Jacqueline Gorzynski received the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal. 

Asset Management

Rick Welch has joined The Brogdon Group as its chief financial officer. The company does asset management for the telecommunications industry. 


Regions Financial Corp. announced that David Edmonds, chief administrative officer, officially retired September 2 after a 20-year career. However, he will remain with the company through a transition period up to March 2015.

PNC has named Jim Hansen, who is currently regional president for the bank’s North Alabama operations, to be regional president for the Eastern Carolinas, based in Raleigh. Succeeding Hansen is Brian Bucher, who is currently in Birmingham as head of commercial banking and will retain those duties as regional president. 

Kevin Speaks and Charles Bargeron Jr. have been named mortgage loan originators at Aliant Bank. Speaks will be based out of the Alexander City office, while Bargeron will work out of the corporate office in Birmingham.

ServisFirst Bank has promoted Cindy LeBlanc to vice president, mortgage lending for the Huntsville region. Also, Timothy Ejide has joined the bank as mortgage loan processor in Huntsville. In addition, Angie Deese has been promoted to vice president, mortgage lending in the bank's Dothan office. 


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has named Peter Yanul its new vice president for finance and strategy. Yanul has worked for more than 25 years in financial management.

Stan Pylant




Alabama A&M University has appointed Clayton Gibson as vice president for business finance. Gibson has been serving in the position in an interim capacity for the past year. 

Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Clark Beck has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 31. Beck is the fourth president of Calhoun and came to the institution in January 2003. 

Stan Pylant, president and general manager of WHNT-TV in Huntsville, has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Pylant will serve as an at-large board member and will be subject to confirmation by the 2015 Alabama Senate. 

Martha Burchell was named Wallace State Community College in Hance-ville’s 2014 Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Burchell is owner of Martha Burchell Nationwide Agency. 


Dewberry CEO Ron Ewing has been named to Thompson Holdings’ board of directors. Ewing has more than 40 years of experience in engineering professional services. Thompson Holdings is the parent company of Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group and Thompson Consulting Services. 

Professional Service Industries Inc. has promoted Tony Free Jr. to staff engineer in its Birmingham office. Free joined the PSI team in September 2013. 

Wayne Price has joined the firm of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as director of production quality. Price has more than 36 years of experience.

LBYD Inc. has announced that Nicole Sommerville and Jared Kime have been certified as Licensed Professional Engineers by the State of Alabama. 

Financial Services

Sterne Agee has hired five new managing directors in the Investment Banking Division. They are Alex Alden, Michael Marinaccio, Matthew Clark, James Murray and Jeffrey Jones


Balch & Bingham LLP Partner Jeff Starling has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

William Horton, a partner in Jones Walker, has been selected as chair-elect of the American Bar Association Health Law Section for 2014-15. Horton will be the first Alabama lawyer to serve as chair of the Health Law Section. His term as president begins in 2015. 


The Alabama Grocers Association recently honored Harold Garrett, of Gateway Foods, with the Spirit of Alabama Award, which recognizes his commitment to the grocery industry in Alabama. 

Amanda Smith


Human Resources

Dextera HR has named Amanda Smith as its new director of human resources. Dextera is a human resources, payroll, compliance and benefit administration services provider.


Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. has named Mike Murphy as general manager of WBMA (ABC), WABM (MyNet) and WTTO (CW) in the Birmingham market. Murphy replaces J.C. Lowe, who is now the general manager of WEAR (ABC) and WFGX (MyNet) in Pensacola, Florida.


Cardiovascular Associates has recruited interventional cardiologist Dr. Gary Roubin to its Birmingham practice. Roubin is credited with designing the first FDA-approved coronary stent, the Gianturco-Roubin Flex Stent.

Children’s of Alabama has promoted Brian Dickson to medication safety coordinator and Barbara Lovvorn to division director of critical care services. Andrew Loehr has joined the pediatric medical facility as vice president of nursing operations. Garland Stansell, Children’s chief communications officer, has been nominated as a director-at-large on the PRSA International Board of Directors. Kelly Randall, patient safety manager, has been appointed to Children’s Hospital Association Quality and Safety Leaders Forum Group Steering Committee. Theresa Flint Rodgers, pulmonary nurse practitioner, was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the National Black Nurses Association. In addition, several doctors have joined Children’s medical staff, including Jaime McKinney, Leslie Rhodes, Chrystal Rutledge, Madhura Hallman, Kaitlin Hill, Katherine Hoops, Hannah Hightower, Charitharth Lal and Rani Singh.


Shannon Ammons, of Birmingham, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits. She succeeds Billy Baxter, who retired due to health issues. 


Frank Adams Jr., president of the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, has been awarded the Professional of the Year award by the Alabama Alliance/Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs. 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has selected Heiko Einfeld as its new executive director. Einfeld has more than 30 years in the tourism industry and has served the chamber for more than 18 years. 

The Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council has named Lance Mitchell its new regional manager for the Alabama office. Mitchell joins SRMSDC after nearly a decade in supplier diversity and business development. 

David Platt, pastor of Birmingham’s Church at Brook Hills and a New York Times bestselling author, has been tapped to be the next president of the International Mission Board, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Caleb Crosby has been named the president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a non-partisan non-profit research and education organization. Crosby has served as API's vice president and CFO for more than three years.

Sandy Brooks has been named chair of the Sandi McCool Champions of Hope. Champions of Hope was started by the Southeast Alabama Medical Center to raise funds for cancer services and programs. 

Sue Cato Winter


Real Estate

RealtySouth President and CEO Ty Dodge has been presented the Tom Rast President’s Cup award by the Birmingham Association of Realtors. This lifetime achievement award is presented to an individual who has been a member of the Birmingham association continuously for 25 years or longer. In addition, the following agents have joined RealtySouth’s Alabama offices: Kathy Cook, Sandra Stinson, David Phillips, Jared Logan, Gretchen Miraglia, Taisha Rogers, Patricia Trice, Ry Ogilvie, Connie Alexander, Kyle McReynolds, Alison Smith, Stephen Skipper, John Edwards, Karen Keeton and Brittany Layton. 

Sue Cato Winter, of Roberts Brothers Inc., has been named the Mobile Area Association of Realtors 2014 Realtor of the Year. Winter has been part of the management team for the past 37 years and currently serves as the company’s general manager. 

Charles McNamee has joined Bayer Properties as senior vice president of development and construction. McNamee has more than 35 years of experience. 


Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports has named Jennifer Wilson its new manager of tourism development. Wilson has 12 years of experience in the tourism industry. 

Cody Eason has joined the Montgomery staff of the Alabama Tourism Department. Eason is a recent graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery. 


Horace Horn, Ben Stimpson and Daryl Dewberry recently have been appointed to the Alabama State Port Authority board of directors. Horn represents the Central District, Stimpson the Southern District and Dewberry serves at-large. 

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